We are comfortable with all design styles, from rustic log homes to beachfront cottages, from traditional to contemporary. We innovate in all environments.

Every home tells a story. Our goal is to transform individual spaces in your home into an overall style that reflects your individual character and provides you with the comfort and happiness that people have found in Muskoka for generations.

Our Tips on Choosing Cottage Outdoor Furniture

As the days begin to get longer and warmer, the urge to spend more time outdoors soaking up the sun is irresistible. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your cottage retreat. And one of the best ways to make the most out of your outdoor space this summer is to furnish it with comfortable and stylish furniture that reflects your personal style.

While Cottagecore as a trend may have gained popularity in recent years, it is important to not stray too far from the basics when it comes to choosing outdoor furniture.

In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips on what to consider when selecting the perfect lakeside seating. But first, let’s look at the different types of furniture available for outdoor use.

Cottage Outdoor Furniture Fundamentals

The trick is to keep to the basics. A quintessential Canadian cottage look calls for Muskoka or Adirondack chairs, log benches, and rustic picnic tables. Yet you shouldn’t feel hemmed in by convention. There are plenty of modern pieces, such as ceramic and wrought iron tables, that still evoke a sense of cozy comfort associated with cottage life. Plus, you can always mix and match traditional and contemporary styles to create an eclectic look that is unique to your property.

Choosing the Right Style and Silhouette

Fashion trends may come and go, but style and silhouette remain timeless. Whether you prefer minimalist, maximalist, or something in between, there’s no denying that a well-designed outdoor space is both elegant and functional. The beauty of design is that you can combine different styles to create a unique and cohesive look.

The key to achieving a classy and sophisticated ambiance for your cottage’s outdoor living areas is to select items that speak to you personally while reflecting good taste. So, next time you’re shopping for a home refresh, choose pieces that inspire you and that will stand the test of time.

Consider Comfort and Durability

When it comes to furnishing your outdoor living space, comfort, functionality, and durability are key factors to consider. Just because you may be on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Take your time and choose pieces that will stand the test of time, both in terms of design and durability. An outdoor living space should be a welcoming extension of your home, so opt for patio furniture that embodies that cozy, cottage charm.

Let Your Outdoor Furniture Tell Your Story

When it comes to decorating your cottage, it’s important that your outdoor furniture reflects your lifestyle. If you live in a cottage with limited space, you will want your furniture to meet both your functional and aesthetic needs. For example, if you have toddlers or pets, you’ll want to choose furniture with rounded edges that won’t cause any harm. And if you frequently entertain guests, a large table and plenty of seating should be a priority. If you prefer to dine al fresco in private, opt for a small bistro table and chairs.

What Materials Will Work Best?

When it comes to outdoor furniture, there are a few types of materials that work best in cottage settings. Natural wood is one such material, as it can hold up well against any type of weather and provides a timeless look. Metal furniture is another great option for outdoor use, as it is durable and rust-resistant. Wicker and rattan furniture also works well in cottage settings, as they add a natural, organic feel to the space.

Here in Canada, recycled plastic furniture made in Canada is a popular choice among eco-conscious homeowners. Industry leaders like C.R. Plastics have been proud manufacturers of recycled plastic furniture for over 25 years, offering a huge range of outdoor furniture products to choose from. Their innovative approach creates beautiful and durable furniture that’s perfect for any outdoor space, with colors that really pop.

Another popular outdoor furniture option is a metal/resin combo, which offers a strong, corrosion-resistant structure that’s easy to maintain. Companies like Lloyd Flanders are leading the way in this particular style of furniture, with welded all-aluminum frames and then finished off with all-weather wicker. You can trust that their furniture will last for many years, and the timeless, elegant look and feel will blend in with any outdoor furniture setup.

Thinking about the color of your furniture is also important. Bright colors such as reds and oranges are perfect for adding a pop of color, while darker shades like brown and black can offer an earthy look. Additionally, consider adding light-colored cushions and accessories to add a softer touch. Lastly, don’t forget about the importance of surrounding your furniture with the right plants and greenery. These elements can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. With these tips, you’ll be sure to find the perfect furniture for your cottage-style home.

Final Thoughts

You work hard all year and deserve a cottage that has a comfortable and inviting space in which to relax. When designing your cottage’s outdoor space, choosing the right outdoor furniture is key to creating a relaxing atmosphere. Whether you opt for traditional wood pieces or modern metal options, selecting the right furniture can add beauty and structure to your outdoor space.

When you select timeless, durable pieces that reflect your personal style, you can create a space that will be enjoyed for years to come.

At HillTop Interiors, we believe in making your cottage outdoor living space into a stylish retreat that is in harmony with the outdoors, plus unique to your style. Our designs blend classic principles of design with traditional Muskoka styles to bring your home to life, creating an experience that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle. Our approach is to get to know our clients and their needs, and then create a plan that works for them. We offer creative design solutions that combine form, function, and style to create an outdoor living space that is comfortable, inviting, and timeless. From choosing durable materials to coordinating colors and textures, we will help you make the most of your outdoor living space. Contact us today to learn more about our Muskoka design services and begin planning your outdoor living space. Let us help you bring your dreams to life!


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